Millions in Spare Parts ‘Unaccounted for’ in Afghanistan: Report

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4b73f608b6.jpgSIGAR (WASHINGTON) -- NATO and Afghan security forces in 2012 were unable to account for nearly a quarter billion dollars-worth of spare vehicle parts bought by U.S. taxpayers for the Afghan military, according to a new government watchdog report. The audit report says that the Afghan National Security Forces did not keep accurate inventory records for years, but NATO still ordered spare parts on its behalf, apparently blindly.

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Prince William Steps Up to His First Knighting Ceremony

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d22b07758f.jpgShaun Botterill - The FA/The FA via Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince William hosted his first ever investiture ceremony Thursday morning at the queen’s request, a move regarded as a step toward his becoming a full-time royal. The Duke of Cambridge, 31, presented various awards to nearly 90 people from across the United Kingdom, recognizing their accomplishments in fields including charity work and, in the case of 2012 U.S. Open tennis champion Andy Murray, sporting success.

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Nuclear Talks with Iran Described as 'Substantive,' 'Forward-Looking'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0deac0162b.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (GENEVA) -- Two days of talks in Geneva between Iran, the U.S. and five other nations regarding Tehran’s nuclear program were described Wednesday as “substantive” and “forward-looking.” The descriptions were included in a joint statement released by Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the European Union.

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Inspectors Have Visited 11 Chemical Weapons Sites in Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_cfe5d1498c.jpgEvert-Jan Daniels/AFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Inspectors for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have now conducted verification activities at a total of 11 chemical weapons sites in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has identified over 20 sites where an estimated 1,000 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve gas were produced.

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Divers Remove Giant Meteorite from Russian Lake

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_65df92a4cd.jpgAFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Divers in Russia have removed a half-ton, five-foot-wide meteorite that plunged into a lake earlier this year when a fiery meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia, a sky event that was captured by numerous video cameras. Sergey Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told the Interfax news agency, “The preliminary examination...shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite."

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